A small group of Philip's close family and friends are attending the funeral service in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.


Her Majesty bows her head in front of her husband’s coffin as grief-stricken royals say farewell to the Duke in Windsor ceremony


Her Majesty bows her head in front of her husband’s coffin as grief-stricken royals say farewell to the Duke in Windsor ceremony

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The Queen and members of the Royal Family have gathered for the funeral of Prince Philip, as the monarch says goodbye to her beloved husband of 73 years.

Dressed in a face mask and in sombre black, the Queen’s arrival was the first time she has been officially seen in public since the Duke of Edinburgh died eight days ago.

A small group of Philip’s close family and friends are attending the televised funeral service in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, which began with a national minute’s silence at 3pm.

Queen arrives for Philip’s funeral service
The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales during the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral at St George's Chapel, in Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021.
Image:The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales sat together inside the chapel

Due to coronavirus restrictions, the Queen is sitting alone during the funeral of her husband, who died at Windsor Castle on Friday 9 April at the age of 99.

Philip’s coffin was carried on a custom-built Land Rover Defender hearse designed by the duke and modified over 16 years.

The Queen and Prince AndrewAlone in grief, the Queen sat on the opposite side of the church as she says goodbye to her husband at his funeral in extraordinary and poignant circumstances due to the pandemic

Summary

  1. The funeral of Prince Philip has been taking place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle
  2. The Queen was seated alone at the funeral, in line with coronavirus restrictions
  3. The Duke of York was closest to the Queen, two seats to her left, while Prince Charles sat opposite
  4. Prince Philip’s long life has been a blessing, the Dean of Windsor says
  5. The Duke of Edinburgh died at Windsor Castle on Friday 9 April, aged 99
  6. Members of the royal family walked behind the coffin as it was taken into the chapel
  7. The duke’s coffin was brought to the castle in a specially modified Land Rover he helped design
  8. The service followed a minute’s silence across the nation
  9. Some members of the public have been in Windsor to pay tribute to the duke but the area has largely been quiet due to restrictions
  10. The ceremonial royal funeral is being broadcast on BBC One and can also be seen live here
  11. She then looked towards the doors of the church as the coffin was carried by soldiers on its final journey

It was followed for part of its final journey by the Queen, who travelled in a Bentley with Lady Susan Hussey, with her trusted lady-in-waiting – with both wearing facemasks.

Walking behind the coffin, in morning suits and day dresses but not uniform, were Philip’s eldest children the Prince of Wales and Princess Royal, followed by their siblings the Earl of Wessex and Duke of York.

In the third row was the Duke of Sussex and Duke of Cambridge but between the two royal brothers – their troubled relationship well documented – was their cousin Peter Phillips.

Watching as it passed were royal mourners including the Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Wessex and her children Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor.

Royals walk behind Prince Philip’s coffin
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex walk behind the hearse on the grounds of Windsor Castle during the funeral of Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, who died at the age of 99, in Windsor, Britain, April 17, 2021. Alastair Grant/Pool via REUTERS
Image:The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry walked behind the coffin

Zara and Mike Tindall, Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, and Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank were also in attendance.

The duke has been interred in the Royal Vault of St George’s Chapel.

Although members of the public have been urged not to gather in Windsor for the funeral, some have been visiting the town, bathed in bright spring sunshine, to pay their respects and leave flowers at the castle gates.

People gather ahead of the funeral of Prince Philip in Windsor. Pic: AP
Image:People gather ahead of the funeral of Prince Philip in Windsor. Pic: AP

On the eve of the funeral, a touching photograph was released of the Queen and duke giving a glimpse of their lives away from protocol.

The royal couple are pictured as they are rarely seen – relaxing together during a summer break and enjoying the stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands on the Balmoral estate.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will watch the service on a television from Chequers.

Members of the royal family follow the coffin into St George's Chapel during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, at Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021.
Image:The funeral is being held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor
The Duke of Edinburgh's coffin, covered with His Royal Highness's Personal Standard on The Land Rover Defender outside St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021.
Image:The duke’s coffin was covered with his personal standard

Although there is no sermon – as per the duke’s request – the service is a highly religious one.

Several hymns are being sung by a small chorus of three choristers and a soprano, and Bible passages are being read out.

Among the songs picked out is the hymn Eternal Father, Strong To Save, traditionally associated with members of the navy like the Duke of Edinburgh.

It was also sung at the funeral of his beloved uncle, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, who was murdered by the IRA in 1979.

No members of the Royal Family will give a reading, and attendees have also been forbidden from singing.

Prince Philip's cap and sword atop the coffin as it was carried on the Land Rover hearse he helped design

In the Bidding, the Dean of Windsor will say: “With grateful hearts, we remember the many ways in which his long life has been a blessing to us.”

“We have been inspired by his unwavering loyalty to our Queen, by his service to the Nation and the Commonwealth, by his courage, fortitude and faith.

“Our lives have been enriched through the challenges that he has set us, the encouragement that he has given us, his kindness, humour and humanity.”William and Harry saw each other for the first time in a year as they walked with the coffin into the church

 

There were tears in church from royals including Prince Charles as the duke's coffin was taken to the altar
Prince Philip's coffin carried by pallbearers from the armed forces on an extraordinary day of pomp and ceremony
Members of the military march ahead of the funeral service at Prince Philip's Windsor home

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